I met Jay Stanley, Twin Studies frontman, at a Best Coast show at the Variety Playhouse. He asked what I was reading (Vonnegut) and told me he was in a shoegaze band, the now defunct Quiet Hours. He ended up sharing the stage with Bethany Cosentino that night – not as a performer in the traditional sense, but as a member of an impromptu dance duo that allowed themselves on stage for some (most likely) drunken antics.
Not exactly the temperament you’d expect when facing “Precious Places” – a melting film of blinding lights disarmed by the word you can never fail to say in a review about shoegaze – reverb. Making it hard not to picture the swirling tapestry of the Cocteau Twin’s album cover, Heaven Or Las Vegas when you listen – embracing the cozy sweater that blankets warmth with its completeness – but pairing just enough discordance against the cooing female vocals to establish some sort of reality.